White Water Rafting Experiences in the UK from Into The Blue
Get ready to get drenched on some of the finest white water rafting sessions the UK has to offer! How do you fancy climbing into an inflatable rubber boat and heading through powerful, fast flowing rapids? Well, that's what this ever-increasingly popular water sport is all about and it's immense fun for all ages.
No previous experience is required and you are with highly trained instructors on the rafts at all times. The guides will give a thorough on-shore briefing on all aspects of rafting and river safety. Once trained, the paddle crew works in harmony with their guide to manoeuvre a raft down the some challenging white water rapids. Read more...
• Try the extreme version of stand up paddleboarding • This is paddleboarding, but on white water rapids • Half day or full day courses available in Wales • All the safety gear plus board & paddle included
Waterborne thrills and spills with white water rafting
Our white water rafting experiences are the perfect choice for those of you who love the mix of swirling waters and tidal thrills, with the possibility of some spills at any moment! It might look quite gnarly, but you don't actually need any previous rafting training, as all of the UK venues we have offer beginner’s white water rafting sessions.
We reckon the best way to enjoy white water rafting is as a group. Get a team together to crew the raft and revel in the camaraderie as you encourage each other, whilst spectators holler their words of wisdom from the bankside. Not that you’ll hear them with the sound of the rushing water all around you!
Before you head out onto the rapids you will be given a full team briefing. This on-shore session includes how to get into and out of the raft, where and how to sit inside it, how to paddle and what to do if you get scared or if there's a problem. It's worth noting you won't be out on you own battling with the slurry of H2O, a fully qualified instructor will be perched bravely on the edge of the raft guiding and calling out instructions as you ride.
Rugged white water rafts to ride the rapids
And if you're thinking the rafts, being inflatable, might be a little fragile for this sort of wave-tastic journey, don't worry, they are nothing like the inflatables you might buy in the shops for your summer holidays! These vessels are made out of super tough materials, so there's no snagging or deflating on rocks jutting out of the riverbed. At the same, time they are supple enough to bend and bounce over the peaks and ride the troughs of the water flow.
You will also be kitted out to the max with wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet and your trusty weapon - your paddle. This is where you'll discover that working as a team is what gets you neatly through the natural obstacles of the rapids, paddling to control your speed and direction (after all, there are no brakes on these things!).
The best UK locations for white water rafting
So now you've got the instructor, the raft and all gear, where will you be tackling your white water? Well, this is an activity that needs loads of fast-flowing streams and lots of space, so you won't find anyone white water rafting on the rivers of London. But it does mean you can get yourself out of the city for a day and enjoy a day in the countryside riding some of the UK's best rivers.
The main difference between venues is whether you are on man-made runs where the flow of the rapids can be controlled, or relying on Mother Nature for your epic route on a river. Our options in Northampton and Nottingham, as you can see from the Nottingham white water rafting video, are both at dedicated rafting centres where water is pumped onto the purpose-built course. Our Cardiff white water rafting is a very high-tech place where your raft travels on a 'magic carpet' so the launch is completely automatic!
Some of the most challenging natural white water for you to raft is in Wales and Scotland. We've got centres on the stunning River Dee in North Wales, the River Tay in Perthshire and the River Garry in the Fort William area. The latter benefits from dam-released waters, so there's a good flow of rapids all year round and is a bit of mecca for rafters as it has some very tricky category 3 and 4 runs that attract some very good paddlers.
Being a team sport, when you go white water rafting it means you’ll be a crew of six or eight in each craft, but there are also solo alternatives, such as white water tubing and river bugging, which is like riding the waters on an inflatable armchair. We offer both of these if you want try something different on those fast-flowing waters.